Volkswagen Group Rus brings together the work of the seven brands of the Volkswagen Group that are available on the Russian market — Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ŠKODA, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Ducati.

In 2021, the sales volume of Volkswagen Group brands in Russia reached 199 200 vehicles. 170 300 vehicles were produced at the company’s manufacturing sites in 2021: 118 000 cars — at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga, and 52 300 vehicles — at the production site in Nizhny Novgorod. The market share of Volkswagen Group Rus reached 11.9% in 2021. The export volume to CIS countries reached 10 500 vehicles. The volume of engine production reached 96 100 engines, 7 800 of which have been supplied to different locations worldwide, including Poland, Spain and India.

Starting from November 2007, Volkswagen Group Rus has been manufacturing automobiles in Kaluga, 170 km southwest of Moscow. In October 2009, the plant celebrated the official launch of its full cycle production in a ceremony attended by top government officials. At the moment, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Polo and ŠKODA RAPID are being produced at the plant in Kaluga. On June 14, 2011, Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group signed an agreement for the contract assembly of Volkswagen and ŠKODA automobiles at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. In accordance with that agreement, a full cycle production of Volkswagen Taos, ŠKODA KODIAQ, ŠKODA KAROQ and ŠKODA OCTAVIA has already begun at GAZ.

In 2015 the new engine plant was launched in Kaluga. In February 2016 Volkswagen Group Rus has produced 1 000 000th vehicle at Kaluga plant — Volkswagen Polo Allstar equipped with locally manufactured engine. In March 2016 Volkswagen Group Rus opened a new spare parts and accessories warehouse in Chekhov (Moscow region).

In November 2016 at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga a new body shop with total area of 12 000 sq.m was opened. The additional facilities have allowed the company to organize the production of the new Volkswagen Tiguan. Volkswagen Group’s total investment in the production of this model reached of 2 billion euros.

In June 2017 Volkswagen Group and GAZ Group signed an agreement on cooperation in three areas:
— Prolongation of the contract assembly of cars at the plant in Nizhny Novgorod;
— Supply of Volkswagen engines for light commercial vehicles of GAZ brand;
— Agreement on intentions to consider the possibilities of a strategic partnership between Volkswagen Truck & Bus and GAZ Group.

Volkswagen Group Rus is constantly investing in production of new vehicles and regular updating of the existing model range. In February 2018, the company launched production of SKODA KODIAQ, followed by SKODA KAROQ start of production in December 2019. The same month production of the renewed SKODA RAPID was launched, as well as new Volkswagen Polo in April 2020 and next generation of the best-selling Volkswagen Tiguan in December 2020. In May 2021, production of the all-new Volkswagen Taos crossover was launched at the plant in Nizhny Novgorod.

With a total investment of more than 206 billion rubles⁠ in its business in Russia, Volkswagen Group became one of the largest foreign investors in the Russian automotive industry.

Volkswagen Group Rus was the official automobile partner for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The company provided the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee with more than 3,000 cars from the Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands in order to transport guests during the preparations for the 2014 Games and over the course of the Games themselves. The majority of the cars were manufactured at the company’s plants in Russia.

Volkswagen Group Rus Brands

Moscow branch

Volkswagen Group Rus Executive Management

Stefan Mecha
General Director
  • Stefan Mecha studied Economics in FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • He holds a Global Executive MBA from Insead Business School
  • In 1995 Stefan Mecha started working for Sixt Leasing AG in Car Mobility Consulting
  • Since 1997 he had been working in Daimler AG: he was a Special Account Manager (Fleet) in MCC smart and then held various management positions in Financial Services. In 2001 he was appointed General Manager of Daimler Fleet Management in Europe
  • In 2002 he joined Board Management of e-Sixt AG as Vice President of International Sales
  • In 2005 Stefan Mecha started his career in Volkswagen AG as Regional Director Sales of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Western Europe
  • After that he held different positions in Sales within the Volkswagen Group in Europe and in the Middle East
  • In 2016 Stefan Mecha was appointed Member of the Volkswagen Board in South Africa and Managing Director of the Sales company
  • Since 2018 he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the South America Region at Volkswagen Brazil
  • Since 2021 Stefan Mecha is appointed as СEO of Volkswagen Group Rus
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